Topic Archives: Chocolate

Posted in Coming Soon, Goose Island Brewing, Headlines

Goose Island Bourbon County Maple Rye Stout a 2016 potential

Goose Island Maple Rye Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Maple Rye Stout looks to join the barrel-aged lineup later this year

The Bourbon County Series returns on Black Friday each year. In recent years the lineup has expanded with a few new variants.

Along with a new Proprietor’s edition aged in scotch whisky, another in the county series in on the horizon – Goose Island Bourbon County Maple Rye Stout.

This edition features the base imperial stout, aged in both bourbon and rye whiskey barrels with maple syrup, cacao nibs, and chipotle peppers.

The brewery is keeping quiet on all the details relating to the 2016 lineup, but has hinting to Beer Street Journal that this year holds big things.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Maple Syrup, Cacao Nibs, Chipotle Chili Peppers. Barrel Aged. Rye Whiskey.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Debut: TBA

13% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Rogue Brewing

Rogue Rolling Thunder, aged in Rogue’s own barrels

Rogue Rolling Thunder

Rogue Rolling Thunder rolls out this month, a barrel-aged imperial stout.

The Newport, Oregon based Rogue Brewing grows quite a bit of their own ingredients for their beer lineup. Rogue Farms in nearby Independence, provides the brewery everything from marrionberries to hops and barley. Rogue Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout takes that home grown/ home created process a little further by using some of the the Rogue Distillery whiskey barrels.

Rogue even owns their own French World War II era coopering equipment. Nate Lindquist, a long time employee of the brewery, assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, heads, hoops again, cauterizes, sands and brands each barrel, by hand. On average, it takes him one full day per barrel. The barrels are then filled with Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey, that was distilled from Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

Rogue Rolling Thunder is brewed with eight different grains, Rogue Liberty and Freedom hops, plus brown sugar, dark cherries, vanilla and chocolate. Aged six months in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.

“Trying to figure out how to make our own barrels by hand, then making a beer aged in these barrels matured with our own whiskey is the kind of stuff we love to do. It’s not very efficient or economical as a brewery to also distill and cooper, but we couldn’t resist the challenge to see what we could do to bring together our beers, spirits and barrels.” – Brett Joyce, Rogue President

Rogue Rolling Thunder is available in 1 liter swing top bottles, in limited quantities starting July 15th.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Brown Sugar, Dark Cherries, Vanilla Beans, Chocolate. Barrel Aged. Whiskey.)
Availability: 1 Liter Swing-Top Bottles
Debut: 7/15/16

11.8% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Stone Brewing Co.

Drink this weekend: Stone Mocha IPA

Stone Mocha IPA

Stone Mocha IPA Is hitting shelves this June across the brewery’s distribution network.

Taking the brewery’s love of India pale ales, and adding coffee and chocolate, a new seasonal is born.

Clearly, style lines have been crossed. Is it half-IPA, half-stout? Not quite. It’s definitely all IPA, but it’s also the best of both styles, making this love child of a beer simply just a beautiful, pleasure-seeking meld of imperial IPA and mocha indulgence. How did we come up with this inexplicably delicious creation? Well, that doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it exists and that it’s here for you now, thanks to our deliberate disregard for brewing norms. Some things are not meant to be known, just enjoyed…thoroughly.

Stone Mocha IPA is a draft and 12 ounce bottle offering.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Chocolate, Coffee.)
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Seasonal offering.

Debut: June, 2016

9% ABV, 80 IBUs

Posted in Don't Miss This, Foothills Brewing

Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate returns May 21st

Foothills Bourbon Sexual Chocolate

Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate will make a seasonal return to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina brewery’s lineup on May 21st.

The base beer, an imperial stout brewed with cocoa nibs, is one of the brewery’s most popular beers. When you introduce bourbon-barrel aging, people go crazy for it. So much so, the line for this beer basically starts when the brewpub closes the night before.

Our cocoa infused Imperial Stout. Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.

Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Is a very limited 22 ounce bottle release at the pub location in downtown.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cocoa Nibs. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited.
Release: 5/21/16

9.75% ABV

The Beer Street Journal team is en route to Foothills this weekend. Drink with us, or else. 


Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin, a bottle potential

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin looks to join the brewery’s “enhanced’ bottle lineup in the near future. That’s a term for the expanding line of core beers that have an extra ingredient, like grapefruit, thai chili, or pineapple.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin takes the brewery’s year-round Black Marlin Porter, and infuses coffee and chocolate. Dessert or breakfast beer. Your choice.

Our Black Marlin Porter is the perfect beer for a mocha mashup. The addition of the coffee and cocoa plays perfectly off the roast, chocolatey flavors of this English porter, while a hint of vanilla smooths it all out. It’s full-bodied, but not too sweet; try it for breakfast…or dessert.

Ballast Point Mocha Marlin has been available on draft in the past. The brewery has not yet announced this bottle release.

Style: Porter (w/ Coffee. Chocolate.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: TBA

6% ABV

Posted in Avery Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Avery Xolotl, Barrel Aged Series #37

Avery Xolotl

Avery Xolotl looks to the 37th entry in the brewery’s on going Barrel-Aged Series.

Many of the releases prior to Avery Xolotl are barrel-aged wild ales. This edition is a bourbon aged imperial stout with a spicy twist. The 11.4% imperial stout is brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon, plus Pasilla, Ancho, and Chipotle chilies (including red, brown, and black.)

No 37. Clocks and spelling may not be your forte Thoma, but fortunately for everyone, blending a menagerie of wonderfully wacky ingredients is! Who cares about time or first name spellings anyhow?

Avery Xolotl will be a 12 ounce bottle offering. According to the label, bottling will occur in May, 2016.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Chilies. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles
Release: TBA

11.4% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Wild Heaven Craft Beers

Wild Heaven Civilization bottled

Wild Heaven Civilization bottles

Wild Heaven Civilization, the brewery’s barleywine, has been bottled for the first time.

The Avondale Estates, Georgia based brewery has had Civilization on tap intermittently for quite some time now. A barrel-aged edition (Height of Civilization) was one of the first big bottles the brewery released.

Wild Heaven Civilization is brewed with a crazy list of ingredients, including cherries, cranberries, dried Prussian lemons, Iranian hibiscus, and cocoa nibs.  Boozy barleywines, meet fun complexity.

We we asked Sarah Young, Wild Heaven’s Director of Sales what she thought of the new bottles, she told us – It’s f’ing good though, I forgot how yumz it is. 

Wild Heaven Civilization is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering.

Style: Barleywine (w/ Cherries, Cranberries, Lemons, Hibiscus, Cocoa Nibs.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Bottle Release: Late March, 2016

12% ABV